Jun 27, 2010 6:51am
Hi, I posted "Battle of the Worlds". First let me say that I definitely want to adhere to copyright and renewals and if there is a problem I will delete the upload. I checked and these 2 wholesale public domain distributors are selling the video as public domain to other home video distributors. http://www.filmchest.com/film-chest/search-public-domain-films/filmlibrary/science-fiction/Battle-of-the-Worlds-http://www.desertislandfilms.com/cgi-bin/dif.pl?Category=Science%20Fiction/Horror&
Maybe Video-Cellar or others who do a lot of copyright research can chime in. The copyright notice shown for Battle of the Worlds lists the Date of Creation as 1987 and
Previous Registration: Preexisting material: motion picture.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: "new narration, editing, and some new cinematography."
It looks like they made a new registration in 1987 because they added new material. When new material is added that version can be copyrighted but the original still remains public domain.
I searched the US copyright database and couldn't find any entries for an original registration or renewal. The U.S. theatrical release was March 1963 (dubbed) by Topaz Film Corp. This print shows Topaz Film Corp. at the start of the video and there is no copyright notice either in the opening or closing credits.
Can you provide any input? Thanks